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Why CGPA matters

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Let me describe a regular college scene to you. First and second-year students want guidance from their seniors on career growth.

The fourth-year students are busy with their internships and final placements and they can't find time to help. More so than that, they realize that they wasted their 4 years. So, before helping their juniors, they need to help themselves and somehow manage to get placed.

The first and second-year students now have the third years to take guidance from. Third-year students of any college act like bosses. Unko sab aata h. (They know everything.)

One of the most prevalent ideas that they impose on their juniors is this one: CGPA ka kya h? 4th year me zyada padh lena. Ho jaega.
(Why worry about CGPA? Study more in 4th year and you will manage to score a good CGPA.)

Ni hoga.
(No, you won't.)

This newsletter issue will tell you why.

Will you also jump in the well?

I don't know about you Millenials and Gen Z kids. But when I was in school, teachers would often use this analogy. If a student claims that they did a prank because their friend had asked them to, the teacher would ask, "If your friend jumps down the well, will you also jump down the well?"

If your senior has made the mistake of not studying and not maintaining a good CGPA, will you also walk down the same path? You can always be better, right?

Someone may have cracked a top job despite a low CGPA. You don't need to make your life difficult by not studying and reducing your chances.

No matter how much one shouts about the benefits or usability of cryptocurrency, banks and fiat money are going nowhere. Along the same lines, no matter how inefficient the CGPA system might be, it is still the majority rule.

Don't make others' success an excuse for not working hard. Maintain a CGPA of at least 7-7.5 in college.

It's evidence of your dedication.

When I used to take interviews at Microsoft, if I ever came across the CGPA of a candidate, I would look at it as a signal of the candidate's outlook and dedication, rather than their skills.

No job is all-interesting. There are boring aspects to every piece of work. You may think that my life as an entrepreneur would be exciting, but I have my dull, mundane paperwork-filled days as well.

Whichever job you take, you will have to do boring tasks that are necessary for the product or your company.

CGPA is a good signal to an interviewer that you also perform well at boring tasks. Come on, there must be some subjects in college that bored you to death. If you can score good marks in those subjects, you are highly efficient and hard-working - skills that every company wants its employees to have.

No one knows the future.

The only thing constant in life is change. Cliche, yet true.

Your current life plan might be to take up a job after college. You do not pay attention to college studies and CGPA.

Suppose that all does go well. You get a job. You worked well for 4-5 years. Now you want to pursue a Master's degree or Ph.D. degree in your field of work. Another possibility is that you want to shift to a managerial role that probably requires an MBA.

All of these scenarios require a good CGPA. You may have no idea how many future opportunities you might miss out on because of a low CGPA. There's no point in running the risk.

If you think you can study two more hours (that you would anyways have spent on social media) and score better in college, do it.

Till next time

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September 30th 2022